UTSA Football Practice Report 11.3.15
No Ill Effects: Head Coach Larry Coker said that Tuesday’s practice was one of the better ones he’s seen all season. Coming off a devastating loss to North Texas, Coker said that players moved around well and that is was an energetic day.
Sturm Growing More Comfortable: On the heels of Coker announcing that walk-on Sophomore QB Dalton Sturm would likely be UTSA’s starting QB the rest of the season, the Goliad-native said he felt like he was improving and was looking forward to make the most of his opportunity in the starting role.
More Comfort in the Pocket: One of the things Sturm mentioned as a challenge for him is staying comfortable in the pocket. Tabbed as one of the faster players on the team, Sturm’s instinct is to run the ball. He says he needs to do a better job of trusting the pocket.
Long-Term Prognosis for Bogenschutz: Offensive Coordinator and QB’s Coach Kevin Brown acknowledged Tuesday that Bogenschutz could be out for the remainder of the season. Suffering from post-concussion headaches, Bogenschutz has yet to be cleared by the medical staff. The redshirt freshman was at practice Tuesday and did travel to Denton this past weekend. However, there is no timetable for his return. Coach Brown noted Tuesday that Bogenschutz has had more than one concussion. Typically when a player suffers multiple concussions, it takes longer to recover. If players are rushed back before being fully healed, the next injury could have long-term effects. Coach Brown noted that the medical staff has no plans to rush Bogenschutz back before he’s fully healed. Brown did say he expects Bogenschutz to return no later than the spring.
Bogenschutz Still Around Program: Although he cannot play, Blake Bogenschutz is still very much involved in the program. Voted as one of the permanent team captains, Bogenschutz has asked to attend every remaining game. Coach Brown said that Bogenschutz’s sideline presence was invaluable in helping Sturm because Brown is in the box calling plays. Bogenschutz is expected to remain in a leadership role on the sidelines.
Williams Questionable: Coach Brown also noted that starting RB Jarveon Williams is questionable for Saturday's game. Williams suffered a shoulder injury in the second quarter of the North Texas game. After getting treatment throughout the second quarter, Williams gave it a go after halftime. He played one possession in which his caught a pass, ran the ball, and blocked, but he was not effective with just one arm. Brown praised Williams for his toughness. Coach Coker said Monday that they would montior Williams throughout the week but he expected him to be available Saturday.
Clay Emerges as Option: Backup RB Jalen Rhodes got the lion share of work with Williams sidelined for most of the game last week. But former walk-on Tyrell Clay also got in the mix. The Corpus Christi-native ran 6 times for 30 yards with a touchdown. It was the most significant action of his career. Earlier in the season, Clay was deemed the #3 RB and awarded a scholarship. Following Tuesday’s practice Clay said he’s just trying to make the most of his opportunity.
Gaines is Back: Hard-hitting Sophomore Free Safety Nate Gaines made his return the football field just three weeks after having surgery to repair a tear in his knee. Initially thought to miss significant time, Gaines returned to the practice field Tuesday with a sleeve on his knee. Coach Coker confirmed Gaines has been cleared to return and said that he’ll play Saturday vs ODU.
Chavez Returns: Backup Free Safety Justin Chavez also returned to workouts Tuesday after missing last week with an unspecified injury. Chavez, along with the return of Gaines, gives UTSA much need depth at the Free Safety position.
Price Out: Starting Defensive Tackle Brian Price did not participate in workouts Tuesday. Price was at practice but was not dressed out in pads.
Depth Chart Released: UTSA released their two-deep depth chart Monday for the Old Dominion game. There were no changes from the last update. Look for another update later in the week.